Badou Boy is a 1970 Senegalese short film, directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty.
The film follows the adventures of Badou Boy, a cheeky young man, as he travels through the streets of Dakar on the city buses.
Badou Boy won the Silver Tanit award at the 1970 Carthage Film Festival in Tunisia. It was shown at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival.
Badou Boy remained unseen in the UK until 2006. It was instantly hailed as a lost classic. It premiered at the Africa in Motion Film Festival in October 2006 at the Filmhouse Cinema in Edinburgh.
A sarcastic look at Senegal's capital that followed the adventures of what the director described as a "somewhat immoral street urchin who is very much like myself". The contest pits the non-conformist individual against an absurdly caricatured policeman who pursues the protagonist through comedically improbable scenarios. Badou Boy celebrates an urban subculture while parodying the state.
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